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I was reading an article while waiting for my son in Reader's Digest about the about the Military's Mindfullness program, and the work they have done to reduce PTSD. as I was reading it the author was talking about the two types of minds they had noted during parachute training. They said there were people who stress and function only OK to poorly and those who when stressed minds become clear and they function beast. They had found that those who had this trait where least likely to suffer from PTSD and that they had this as trait passed through DNA. They termed it the Warrior Brain. Here is a section I am quoting from the Readers Digest article  I found interesting:

To understand what goes wrong in the brains of combat veterans who develop PTSD, and to try to prevent it from happening to others, neurobiol­ogist Lilianne Mujica-Parodi, PhD, has spent years tossing volunteers with sensors all over their bodies out of airplanes. Her Navy-funded research measures physical fear responses, comparing sheer fright factors to the results of mental-processing tests she administers before, during, and after the skydiving flight.

Mujica-Parodi has discovered that in most cases, the brain does some predictable things when a hu­man jumps out of a perfectly good airplane. Stress hormones flood the fear-response system, and thoughts narrowly focus on one thing: getting out of the air and onto the ground.

There are, however, the unflap­pable few subjects who don’t experi­ence this wild swing of mental and physical reactions. They demon­strate some of their clearest thinking in the middle of a plunge, and when it’s over, their fear-response systems quickly return to normal.

“You don’t want someone without a fear response at all,” Mujica-Parodi says. “That’s not brave; that’s just abnormal. But a high stress response is also unhealthy.” The optimal fear response, she says, accurately as­sesses risk, saves room for cognitive thought, and rapidly returns to base­line when the danger passes. Brains that can do this are a gift of DNA, ac­cording to Mujica-Parodi, what she calls warrior brains. The soldiers who possess them benefit from an ideal balance of neurological and biologi­cal responses.

Using brain scans, Mujica-Parodi has seen how the fear-response sys­tem “cools down” faster in warrior brains than it does in the brains of more vulnerable subjects.

This goes to something I have always believed that a warrior is someone who is born with it and just polished to a skill set. Not everyone has what it takes to be a fighter, I see this in my job as a firefighter. We get people who want to do the job find out how tough it is quit or stress out.

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Comment by Black Swan Tactical on April 1, 2013 at 9:41pm

Thank you Guro Marc,

Great article.  I've always believed and felt that people either had a genetic disposition for stress or not, but that all could improve their ability to deal with stress through training.  Sometimes we see people that train very hard, and then if it is not in their wheelhouse, or something they have trained for get aggravated.

There is probably a general "life" outlook that can change a lot of these measurements.  I know for one that there have been entire years that I can look back at and see either that I was bulletproof or incapable of dealing with what life threw at me.



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